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Retro Gaming Halloween Style, Part Three: White Day

Yeah, yeah, everybody makes their lists about scary, creepy, or flat-out weird games to play each October and we’re not about to buck the trend. But we’re going to assume you’re a retro gamer who’s read enough to know the big franchises everybody else writes about. Because if you’ve picked up a controller in the last fifteen years, you know about Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dino Crisis. You’ve played Sweet Home‘s NES translation, you’ve watched an Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem long play on YouTube, and if some scarf-wearing hipster starts harping on Fatal Frame again, you will stuff his camera where the flash won’t illuminate. Where does one go from there? Well, we’ve got some ideas with which to season your braincase if you care to join us.

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Kickstarter: Do It Yourself Portable Nintendo 64 Looking for Crowd Funding Support

Over the years we have seen just about every console released receive a portable edition (most have been stupidly expensive).  The main problem with these portable modified consoles is that they were usually created by an individual on a one at a time basis.  A recent Kickstarter project looks to change that by making the information, with equipment needed, available to backers to complete a Nintendo 64 portable on their own- sort of crowd-mass producing the units.  There are a couple of catches to this plan though, one you will have to pledge at least $200 and second, you will have to do the hard work yourself (or pay someone to do it for you).  That hasn’t stopped anyone from modifying their retro consoles in the past has it?

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New Game: Wings of Saint Nazaire Continues Development

Okay, who reading this is a fan of the classics such as the Wing Commander series or X-Wing or Descent Freespace?  Remember the fun of flying around huge ships, attacking and running like hell when things got too hot to handle?  Well, it has been quite a while since we have seen a game in this style which makes Wings of Saint Nazaire all the more interesting.  Wings is obviously a labor of love by people that not only know the classics but also cherish them.  The design choices are interesting, the game looks phenomenal and we can hardly wait to play the final version.

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Retro Gaming Halloween Style, Part Two: Nocturne

Yeah, yeah, everybody makes their lists about scary, creepy, or flat-out weird games to play each October and we’re not about to buck the trend. But we’re going to assume you’re a retro gamer who’s read enough to know the big franchises everybody else writes about. Because if you’ve picked up a controller in the last fifteen years, you know about Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dino Crisis. You’ve played Sweet Home‘s NES translation, you’ve watched an Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem long play on YouTube, and if some scarf-wearing hipster starts harping on Fatal Frame again, you will stuff his camera where the flash won’t illuminate. Where does one go from there? Well, we’ve got some ideas with which to season your braincase if you care to join us.

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Steam: Crystal Rift to Bring Dungeon Crawling to Steam if Greenlight Project is Successful

For a lot of people our coverage of first person dungeon crawling role playing games may be a little outside of the term “retro”.  The thing is, they are squarely in the retro theme, one of the oldest styles of role playing games was the dungeon crawler (Wizardry leading the way for instance).  Crystal Rift looks to bring this genre into the mainstream with some horror trappings replacing the constant stopping to battle creatures.  Crystal Rift puts you in a dungeon and pits you against that same dungeon which is just as formidable as any group of high level armored orcs ever could be.  Fans need to read on as Crystal Rift needs fans of this genre to show support.

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Revenge of the License – Alien 3

Continuing with our theme of Halloween Horror, this week’s column focuses on what, for most people, is the worst film in the quadrilogy. We can argue the merits of the film all day long, but if you’ve never seen the Assembly Cut, then you can keep your opinions to yourself because you are already wrong. We can save bickering about the movies for a different time. There were no fewer than nine games based solely on the Alien 3 license (not counting Alien Trilogy because that’s a whole different animal), spanning platforms from the Commodore 64 to the arcade. And today, we’re looking at approximately all of them (seven out of nine’s not bad) because no one man should play as many incarnations of Alien 3 as I have and fail to inflict the results on our loyal readers.

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Retro Gaming Halloween Style, Part One: Echo Night

Yeah, yeah, everybody makes their lists about scary, creepy, or flat-out weird games to play each October and we’re not about to buck the trend. But we’re going to assume you’re a retro gamer who’s read enough to know the big franchises everybody else writes about. Because if you’ve picked up a controller in the last fifteen years, you know about Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dino Crisis. You’ve played Sweet Home‘s NES translation, you’ve watched an Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem long play on YouTube, and if some scarf-wearing hipster starts harping on Fatal Frame again, you will stuff his camera where the flash won’t illuminate. Where does one go from there? Well, we’ve got some ideas with which to season your braincase if you care to join us.

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Hardware Hack: Sega Saturn to Receive SD Card Drive

Okay, the Sega Saturn, nearly a blacker sheep than the Sega 32X in many gamers minds, is finally getting some love from hardware hackers.  We have seen the Sega Dreamcast receive the bulk of the interest from hardware hackers in recent times while the Saturn just sits all lonely in its own corner of shame.  The Saturn never really received the love it deserved from publishers or gamers alike.  When Sega released their 32-Bit answer to the looming Sony Playstation, a full six months ahead of schedule, fans at first were interested and frankly surprised.  See, Sega forgot to tell anyone that the Saturn would be shipping six months ahead of schedule, including the game developers and publishers so for that first six months, leading up to the launch of the Playstation mind you, we only saw the initial six or so launch titles on Sega’s new hardware. 

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Bandit Gaming: Day of the Tentacle Remake Unofficially in the Works

For most adventure game fans will know the name of this LucasArts classic.  Unofficially titled Maniac Mansion II, Day of the Tentacle was more of the original but with a much more focused storyline.  The original featured your choice of several characters, each bringing different abilities and their own twists to the storyline.  Day of the Tentacle only gave players three characters but still shoe horned in quite a few twists and turns that were unexpected, but welcome.  Now, a certain fan on the Adventure Game Studio forums is recreating this classic point and click adventure but with some interesting tweaks.

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Movie: Independent Splatterhouse Movie To See Production if Funded

The Splatterhouse series was an iconic set of games that sort of lost itself as time went on (most do). The first game, released on the Turbo Grafx-16 in North America showed that NEC weren’t all that keen on keeping lock step with what gamers were used to from the likes of Nintendo. Even Sega’s early offerings were censored quite a bit when compared to the original source material. Splatterhouse 1 was only on the Turbo Grafx-16 while the second and third games only saw light of day on the Sega Genesis and told slightly original stories continuing off of the original. The overall plot is about as thick as that of any horror movie so fans will know what to expect. Now, an independent film team are working on creating a movie based on Splatterhouse set between the first and second games. Without ruining things for anyone that has not played these games, you can tell it doesn’t turn all happy ending since there are three games starring Rick trying to save his girlfriend, Jennifer.


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